Town to help FFCBC again

Town council on Monday night agreed to designate the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship as a significant community event and proclaim that the week of July 18 be “Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship Week.”
Upon recommendations from various executive committees, council also agreed to terms for in-kind donations to the FFCBC. This means the town will, among other things, do the following for the annual bass tournament:
•arrange for the closure of Front Street between Minnie and Butler Avenues, except for emergency vehicles and traffic to and from the mill’s weigh scales and the Sorting Gap Marina boat launch;
•provide, store, and install barricades, re-route truck traffic through signage, and co-ordinate parking and no parking areas;
•give permission to utilize the southwest side of Front Street from Butler Avenue to the site fence as a restricted parking area;
•provide staging for use under the tent;
•provide picnic tables to be used on site, as long as the pick up, set up, and returns be done by FFCBC volunteers;
•allow temporary washrooms near the big tent;
•provide supplies and paint lines on designated parking areas;
•waive garbage tipping fees;
•have the street sweeper clean Front Street on Thursday, July 15;
•provide use of a Hilti drill to make holes for the tent pegs;
•provide a limited number of town flags, pins, or souvenirs for use in tournament angler kits;
•allow the use of the Sand Bay dock as the starting site and as an official tournament check-in station;
•give permission to park lottery prizes downtown to aid in “Reel Raffle” ticket sales;
•allow the use of the Fort Frances Fire Department’s mobile command post as the tournament communications centre;
•provide launch services at no charge during the actual tournament dates (anglers will have to pay for docking during any pre-fishing, though); and
•make a request to the Fort Frances Power Corp. to expand power service at the Sorting Gap Marina as long as it is at no cost to the town.
However, the town did not allow the use of a boom truck as a stationary lift for photography and video, nor agree to pay for part of the on-site policing costs.
The town also refused to give capital assistance in the form of a larger transformer to supply more power for the event, and turned down an offer to reconsider a partnership with the FFCBC in purchasing tables, chairs, fencing, portable grandstands, and a small tent.